RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory is declaring an emergency for all of North Carolina as rain and wind from Hurricane Joaquin threatens to hit the state following days of soaking rain for much of the state.
McCrory says there are no evacuation orders. He says his declaration allows exceptions to weight and time restrictions on trucks while also giving him added authority to respond to trouble.
The governor says the added rain from Joaquin could result in deadly flooding for a state that is nearly entirely under flood watches.
McCrory says Outer Banks towns are facing especial risks because rain there has been coming nearly nonstop for a week followed by a weekend nor’easter that’s chewed up protective sand dunes. The governor says the falling rain and storm-pushed tides have caused water to collect on Outer Banks roads with nowhere to do.
McCrory says up to 10 inches of rain could fall in parts of the state’s western mountains and foothills, and that water pouring downhill could cause damage to communities there.
Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry said officials are preparing for widespread flooding in areas across the state.
“Regardless of the impacts of Hurricane Joaquin, North Carolina has the potential for life-threatening flooding,” cautioned Perry. “We want everyone to remember to ‘Turn around, don’t drown.’”